Posts Tagged ‘Apple’

  
So much talk about inclusion of Near Field Communication with iPhone 5. We can never know whether it’s going to be supported soon or not.

Few months back Apple filed a patent that reveled about their upcoming product called iWallet. This makes other similar initiatives by other providers or vendors look naive. This will arguably change the way mobile payments are being done today and definitely the one that will rule the world as mentioned in the article below.

The creative engineers at Apple have given enough thought to iWallet to make it work both in the scenarios of making transaction in person or remotely. This leads to another revolutionary steps that might replace credit cards, debit cards, gift card completely!

In stead of traditional One Time Password (OTP) that is being sent to a registered mobile device or a security token being used by an external devices; Apple is probably going to use an Application that’s running on iPhone / iPad / or on Mac to validate the transaction is authorized. A simplest thing I can think of is to validate authorization by iTunes password.

More over card holder can enable/ disable automatic authorization for certain merchants, below certain value and flag certain transactions as unauthorized that will immediately notify issuing bank or credit card association. The cardholder-not-present authorization functionality may also be combined with a distinctive gesture for example drawing a character or reverse swiping certain control.

From the screens below it’s clear that third party applications can be enabled for “MobilePay” to use the features of iWallet.

Reference Link: http://www.patentlyapple.com/patently-apple/2012/03/part-2-apples-iwallet-the-one-that-will-rule-the-world.html

Ever since I installed iOS5 Beta firmware, I was curious to try out iCloud. It has so many amazing features like new notifications, over the air print for map, camera grid, better photo editing options to name few. Everything else was working except iCloud. Every time I tried it used to say “Your Apple ID is correct but the device is not registered/eligible for iCloud”. I thought may be it has something to do with the hardware.

Earlier today my friend told me that iCloud beta is released, and curiously I tried again and it worked and worked like magic.

For those who are listening first time about iCloud, this is a content integration platform which integrates all your contents and makes it available on all your apple devices like iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Mac. Everything happens over the air (wirelessly). Not only that, it makes all the app purchases available to all your devices. Apart from synchronizing it takes a back up of all the data (currently up to 5MB) and make it available on cloud. So if your device gets crashed, you don’t loose the data ever.

In this beta release it has got the following features:

  • Mail : Synchronizes and takes backup of mails in your inbox and makes it available on other devices
  • Contacts : Synchronizes and backs up your contacts
  • Calendar : Synchronizes and take backup of your Calendar Events
  • Find my iPhone: Locate your device, send message, lock and wipe data
  • iWork: Office suite, backs up all documents, presentations

The first look is amazing with future scope to support photo, music, app, video synchronization. Won’t be surprised if they plan to store the snapshot of the system like how they do it on time machine.